Archives for February 1999

PILOT SCHEMES OFFER FLEXIBLE AND ACCESSIBLE HEALTHCARE

Headlines, PublicNet: 22 February, 1999

Nearly 400 GPs, nurses and Community Trust Managers have put in an initial
bid to be part of the second wave of Personal Medical Services (PMS)
pilots.

These allow primary care to be delivered on a much more flexible basis than
traditional restrictions allow. Successful schemes will receive a share of the 1.5 million pounds earmarked to fund the second wave pilots.

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DEVELOPMENT OF A BPR MODEL FOR PUBLIC SECTOR

Abstracts, PublicNet: 22 February, 1999

McAdam R, Mitchell N

Total Quality Management, (UK), Jul 98 (9/4&5)
Start page: S160. No of pages: 4

Investigates the development of a business process re-engineering model for the public sector that takes into account public sector issues, and eschews the application of existing private sector models; identifies the key public sector success factors, and uses these as the basis for the evaluation of a number of change models. From this analysis, develops a new model for the public sector, and derives its methodology. Concludes that even when modified by the public sector success factors the proposed model needs to take account of localized success pertaining to the individual organization.

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GOVERNMENT PANEL CALLS FOR RULES ON GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS

Headlines, PublicNet: 19 February, 1999

The British Government Panel on Sustainable Development has called for the Government to prepare a comprehensive strategy on both the agricultural and medical uses of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).It is embarrassing timing for the Government, given the current assertions from the Prime Minister himself that food so modified is safe.

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DOBSON WOOS NHS LUDDITES

Headlines, PublicNet: 19 February, 1999

Health Secretary Frank Dobson has tried to reverse the emerging tend for seeing new technology principally as a drain on NHS resources.He told a conference in York: “New technology is sometimes portrayed as a threat to the future of the Health Service – but that’s either by pessimists, economists or right wing commentators who have always said our country can’t afford the NHS. In fact, new technology promises a better Health Service.”

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EFFICIENT MANAGEMENT OF PUBLIC SECTOR ASSETS

Abstracts, PublicNet: 19 February, 1999

Bond S, Dent P Journal of Property Valuation & Investment, (UK), Vol 16 No 4 98 Start page: 369. No of pages: 17Reviews the literature of public sector asset valuation based on registers, to plan purchase and sale of property; to minimize rates; and to ensure proper costing of in-house bids for contracts. Explains how property assets are represented in local government accounts (either profit based or based on socially responsible property management), focusing on conflicting rules, classification issues, and valuation criteria, citing New Zealand practice. Outlines the replacement cost approach to valuation of assets, pointing out cost estimating procedures, four methods of depreciation, and life cycle costing.

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DETR GREEN – WILL BE GREENER NEXT YEAR

Headlines, PublicNet: 18 February, 1999

The DETR – official champion of sustainable development – has reported on how the department itself is doing to achieve its own targets.Glenda Jackson, the Minister responsible for green issues at the DETR, said this year’s annual report covered a much wider check on performance over a greater range of activity than before.

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REGIONS GET MARKS OUT OF TEN

Headlines, PublicNet: 18 February, 1999

New figures on competitiveness will give England’s new regional development agencies some benchmarks to work on when comparing how their region is doing compared with others in the country.A picture of the competitive position of each of the regions is given in new statistics from the Government Statistical Service. When up and running, the new RDAs will be able to use the information to inform their economic development strategies.

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CRIME OPPORTUNITIES CAN BE CUT WITH A LITTLE THOUGHT

Headlines, PublicNet: 17 February, 1999

A new report has thrown more light on how crime can be inadvertently encouraged by factors such as poor building design and poor management of places where crime can break out, such as pubs and bars.The report will be useful to police forces and local authorities working to draw up the first ever joint action plans to fight crime on an area by area basis.

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SOCIAL LANDLORDS JOIN IN

Headlines, PublicNet: 17 February, 1999

Housing groups have been invited to be part of the joined-up solution to revitalising Britain’s communities.The Government is consulting on plans to extend the powers’ of registered social landlords to allow them expand their scope beyond simply providing housing services to tenants.

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NETSTATE: CREATING ELECTRONIC GOVERNMENT

Book News, PublicNet: 17 February, 1999

By George LawsonInformation and Communication Technologies (ICTs) challenge the way government collects taxes, conducts monetary policy and regulates flows of information. But to date, the response of government to these challenges has been piecemeal. NetState shows how – if policy makers are prepared to be radical and creative – government can not only survive but thrive in the first digital century. The report defines the principles, roles and functions which can underpin the state of the future, helping to make government more effective, responsive and trustworthy.

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